Facts About Foods And Their Medicinal Uses


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Saturday, March 14, 2020


Lemons are invaluable in cases of gout, malaria, rheumatism, and scurvy. They are also useful in fevers and liver complaints.

I have found the juice of one lemon taken in a little hot water remove dizzy
feelings in the head, accompanied by specks and lights dancing before the eyes,
consequent upon the liver being out of order, in half an hour.
The juice of a lemon in hot water may be taken night and morning with
advantage by sufferers from rheumatism. In the "lemon cure" for gout and
rheumatism, the patients begin with one lemon per day and increase the quantity
until they arrive at a dozen or more. But I think this is carrying it to excess. Dr.
Fernie recommends the juice of one lemon mixed with an equal proportion of
hot water, to be taken pretty frequently, in cases of rheumatic fever.
A prescription for malaria, given in the Lancet, is the following: "Take a fullsized
lemon, cut it in thin transverse slices, rind and all, boil these down in an
earthenware jar containing a pint and a half of water, until the decoction is
reduced to half a pint. Let this cool on the window-sill overnight, and drink it off
in the morning."
A Florentine doctor discovered that fresh lemon juice will alleviate the pain of
cancerous ulceration of the tongue. His patient sucked slices of lemon.
A German doctor found that fresh lemon juice kills the diptheria bacillus, and
advises a gargle of diluted lemon juice to diptheric patients. Such a gargle is
excellent for sore throat.
Dr. Fernie recommends lemon juice for nervous palpitation of the heart.
Lemon juice rubbed on to corns will eventually do away with them, and if
applied to unbroken chilblains will effect a cure.
Lemon juice is also an old remedy for the removal of freckles and blackheads
from the face. It should be rubbed in at bedtime, after washing with warm water.

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